It might be hard to imagine it but the G.A.R. Building in downtown Detroit is looking awesome compared to when we picked it up over one year ago. We 3 were on the fence as to when we should start the work on the storefronts (me being one who wanted to wait) but it is definitely exciting to see the work progress.
While the crews have taken out the glass block and stone – our teams are building the replacement frames and woodwork off site in their shop. In a few weeks, the wood trim and (crazy big sheets of) glass will be married in place at the G.A.R. The retail storefronts will be almost floor to ceiling glass. Imagine the daylight that will pour into the outlets. And more importantly imagine tipping back a few drinks before walking over to a Red Wings game at the new arena.
The team from IBG has almost completed the stripping and repair of all of the wood at the main “arched” entry to the building. Soon they will paint the exterior to match the windows. We’ve decided to stain the interior of the same…we think showing the decades of scars in the woodwork will add to the character for those visiting the space.
All photos by Lindsey Yeo